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Goldman Sachs Headlines $59 Million Funding Round in Cryptocurrency Custodian BitGo

Wall Street banking giant Goldman Sachs has put another stake in the ground of the burgeoning cryptocurrency industry, headlining a $58.5 million Series B funding round in digital asset custodian BitGo. Announced on Thursday, the Series B round raises the Silicon Valley-based bitcoin startup’s total fundraising to approximately $70 million. Also participating in the funding round was Galaxy Digital Ventures, a cryptocurrency fund founded by billionaire bitcoin bull and former Goldman partner Mike Novogratz. The news was first reported by Bloomberg, who said that Goldman Sachs and Galaxy Digital together contributed about $15 million to the funding round.

“If you were investing in any other asset class, you’re probably not worried about the asset just disappearing — but this one, people still have that fear,” Mike Belshe, BitGo’s co-founder and chief executive officer, told Bloomberg in an interview, “we’ve got to conquer that.” Founded in 2013, BitGo now holds about $2 billion in customer assets, which are denominated across 95 different cryptocurrencies.

Recently, BitGo received regulatory approval from the South Dakota Division of Banking to offer qualified cryptocurrency custody services, making it the only regulated custodian developed exclusively for cryptoassets. Meanwhile, BitGo must also stave off competition from legacy financial players who are beginning to build out blockchain products for their crypto-curious clients. As CCN reported, Fidelity Investments — the fifth-largest asset manager in the world with 27 million clients and $7.2 trillion in assets under management and administration — just this week announced that it was launching a separate company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services to provide cryptocurrency custody and trade execution services for institutional investors. The firm has already signed up Galaxy Digital as its first custody client.

Goldman Sachs Headlines $59 Million Funding Round in Cryptocurrency Custodian BitGo, CCN, Oct 18
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